Paul Monies
Business Energy Reporter

Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and database editor for The Oklahoman. He is a native of Scotland who graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and has a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

  • Boston-based company looks to tap into oil-field water needs

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Getting water to the right well at the right time is a constant challenge for oil and gas operators, but one startup company is hoping to make it easier and more efficient with an online service called Sourcewater.

  • Oklahoma likely will meet ozone regulations

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Oklahoma is expected to be able to meet tighter limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, unveiled Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin discusses earthquakes and fracking at water and energy event

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Touching on hot-button issues such as triggered earthquakes and hydraulic fracturing, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday states are best positioned to come up with solutions involving energy development and water usage.

  • Carly Fiorina tells energy group she seeks to ‘unlock the potential in others’

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina touted her business experience and leadership skills at a stop Tuesday at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association in Oklahoma City.

  • Regulatory groups release earthquake report

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Energy and water regulators and researchers from more than a dozen states released a policy report Monday on understanding the links between energy production and triggered earthquakes.

  • Low oil prices slow state economy, but other sectors offset declines

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    The energy industry's driving influence on Oklahoma's economy has turned into a drag as persistently low oil prices hamper growth, but some other sectors are picking up the slack, according to an economic report. Chad Wilkerson, an economist and vice president of the Oklahoma City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, said several key sectors in the state are unaffected by trends in oil prices. Among them are agriculture, aerospace, health care, arts and entertainment and the federal government.  "A variety of measures show the oil and gas sector to be the most important and unique industry in Oklahoma, yet several sectors largely unrelated to oil and gas are also important to Oklahoma's economy," Wilkerson

  • Lifeline phone program changes raise some concerns in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    In response to concerns over fraud in the program, the Federal Communications Commission wants to redraw the map for the tribal lands in Oklahoma eligible for enhanced subsidies under the Lifeline program.

  • Plains and Eastern Clean Line plans 720-mile run through Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 13, 2015

    The 720-mile-long transmission line, which would take electricity generated by planned wind farms in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles and ship it directly to utilities in Tennessee and the southeast, is expected to have a final environmental impact statement by late October.

  • Public Service Co. of Oklahoma plans to add solar capacity, increase its use of wind power

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Public Service Co. of Oklahoma expects to add up to 200 megawatts of solar capacity and bolster its wind offerings, according to a planning document outlined before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

  • Chesapeake Energy settles lawsuit alleging company underpaid Texas royalty owners

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. has settled a lawsuit over Texas royalties brought by a group of royalty owners. But the company maintained it calculated royalty payments correctly.

  • Oil's continued swoon prompts concern for Oklahoma energy companies

    By Adam Wilmoth, Paul Monies | Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    The NewsOK Energy team hosted their monthly chat Tuesday to discuss oil and gas updates and Oklahoma energy companies. Below is an unedited transcript from the chat.

  • Enel dedicates Origin wind farm in Oklahoma as others prepare to come online

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    A 150-megawatt project, owned by Enel Green Power North America Inc., was dedicated Wednesday with a reception and tour of the 18,000-acre site by federal, Oklahoma and tribal officials.

  • Fallin asks attorney general to investigate former Choctaw electric cooperative manager

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin has asked Attorney General Scott Pruitt to investigate a former general manager of a rural electric cooperative based in Hugo, Oklahoma. Choctaw Electric Cooperative said its board asked for assistance with the investigation into former co-op CEO and General Manager Terry Matlock.

  • Lower natural gas prices mean bill reduction for OG&E customers

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Typical residential customer should save about $5 a month, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. says.

  • Confluence Conference in OKC to boost digital, social marketing savvy

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Confluence Conference, Sept. 10-11 at Lyric at the Plaza theater in Oklahoma City's Plaza District, will feature more than a dozen speakers on topics ranging from search engine optimization and branding to analytics and user interface.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission reviews other states' opt-outs for smart meters in Public Service Co. of Oklahoma case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Public Service Co. of Oklahoma is seeking approval to charge customers a one-time fee of $183 and $28 per month to opt-out of using its smart meters. After that, the utility's one-time fee for opting out would rise to $261.

  • Customers blast PSO's smart meter opt-out fees at Oklahoma Corporation Commission hearing

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    PSO is installing smart meters at the rate of about 7,500 customers per week and has installed 157,750.

  • President Obama gives a shoutout to OG&E SmartHours program

    Paul Monies | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s SmartHours program got a mention by President Obama on Tuesday evening in a speech he gave on clean energy in Nevada. From the remarks published on the White House website: Now, the good news is some utilities recognize this; they see what’s happening.  They’re adapting their business model to seize the opportunities of this emerging energy reality.  We have to lift up some of those success stories and the innovations that are taking place.   So San Antonio’s municipal utility is standing up its own rooftop solar program.  Southern Company is partnering with Nest and Tesla on power storage so we can use renewable energy better.

  • Gasoline prices fall in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Oklahoma's drivers appear to be in line to get relief at the pumps as gasoline's price fell to it's lowest level in more than a decade.

  • Harold Hamm legal team surprised by ex-wife's Bakken lawsuit

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Harold Hamm's legal team has replied to a lawsuit filed by his ex-wife, Sue Ann Arnall, who claimed a company the couple owned sold its assets to Continental Resources Inc. for below-market value. Arnall filed a lawsuit Friday in Oklahoma County District Court, claiming Continental's $4.5 million purchase of Minerals Acquisitions in 2005 wasn't made at market value.

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Paul Today at 1:32 PM @joewertz I dunno, Joe. Looks suspicious. Is this government data?!?
Paul Today at 12:45 PM RT @lfung: Wow. Giant American Airlines ad takes over the front page of @latimes
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Paul Today at 11:21 AM Thanks for reading to the end, Carrie! I thought that was worth pointing out.
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 11:08:53 PM CST @PJR23 Klopp? No idea. These guys always like to be talked about. Bring back King Kenny!
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 10:40:29 PM CST Welp. That OT didn't last long. 😳 #DALvsNO
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 10:38:22 PM CST @PJR23 I've got a breakfast meeting with FSG in the morning. Private jet picking me up. Don't alert the press. 👍🏼
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 10:33:20 PM CST Upright! Lol. #NOvsDAL
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 10:28:21 PM CST @TraitThompson I know! He's also a Dez replacement for me on a fantasy team.
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 10:25:36 PM CST That's why you're a bot. 😁
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 10:24:01 PM CST Wow. Finally, Terrance Williams! @dallascowboys
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 08:53:56 PM CST It was squeaky-bum time for @EnergyFC tonight, but they pulled it out on penalties! #UseYourEnergy
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 08:51:42 PM CST RT @chrisbrannick85: Energy win it 4-3 on PKs after Evan Newton makes two saves.
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 04:32:39 PM CST RT @jmonies: Callum's #notimpressed face @orrfamilyfarm! Fun times! @pmonies
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 03:59:20 PM CST I kind of liked Brendan Rodgers, but @LFC had been playing uninspired football for a while now. I can't blame FSG for sacking him. #YNWA
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 09:53:09 AM CST Halliburton offers settlements to Duncan property owners in pollution lawsuits. (by @briOKC)
Paul Sun, Oct. 04 2015 09:50:21 AM CST Thought-provoking piece on the supposed benefits of recycling. // The Reign of Recycling (via @nytimes)
Paul Sat, Oct. 03 2015 02:26:49 PM CST @SilasAllen1 ZOU!
Paul Sat, Oct. 03 2015 12:39:44 PM CST RT @Mecoy: Oil price climbs on tumbling rig count, from @awilmoth